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Friday Night time Owls: The left should attempt to management the algorithms that form our lives

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These machines will not kill fascism, by Nantina Vgontzas and Meredith Whittaker. Towards a Militant Progressive Vision for Technology The left must fight for control of the algorithms, data and infrastructure that shape our lives:

T.The modern fascist movement relies on big tech to reproduce – and it knows it.

Before Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and even Pinterest banned Donald Trump, the then president had a wonkish target: Section 230, a provision of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 that protects tech companies from being sued over the content they hosted . As he told his base in the run-up to the fumed coup attempt on January 6: "We have to get rid of Section 230, otherwise you will have no land." Around the same time, Trump vetoed the annual defense spending bill for failing to repeal 230, and pressured then-Senate Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell to make it a bargaining chip in the business stimulus negotiations.

By continuing their campaign against 230 concurrently they want to protect businesses from Worker lawsuits related to Covid-19, Conservatives have painfully clarified their agenda: corporate liability is only allowed in the tech industry if it helps them dominate the platforms and enter a sector that has long been the Liberals' darling.

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